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Holly Clegg

Year of call:
Newcastle University, LLB
BPP Law School, BPTC
Paralegal at Stewarts Law LLP, Leeds
Pupil at Park Square Barristers
CPS Level 1 Prosecutor Tenant at Park Square Barristers
CPS Level 2 Prosecutor
CPS Advocate Panel (Level 1) North Eastern Circuit
List C of the Panel of Specialist Regulatory Advocates
Middle Temple Diplock Scholar

Holly has a strong and developing practice in all areas of criminal law. She is a CPS Level Two Prosecutor and regularly appears in Crown Court hearings, appeals and trials. She is available to accept publicly and privately funded instructions in all areas of criminal law for both the prosecution and the defence.

Holly has been instructed on numerous Crown Court trials, both prosecuting and defending, across a wide spectrum of criminal law including burglary, robbery, violent offences, drugs offences and offences involving weapons. She has experience of cases involving the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and complex areas of law including cases brought under the Vehicle Excise & Registration Act 1994 and other areas focusing on complex statute and regulations.

Alongside her busy Crown Court practice, Holly also continues to accept instructions in the Magistrates’ Court. She has conducted numerous trials and hearings in the Magistrates’ and Youth Courts, including serious assaults, driving offences, sexual offences, multi-handed cases and domestic violence cases.

Holly adopts a clear and robust approach in court and is adept at looking ahead in any case in order to plan for a range of eventualities. She is known for her calm and approachable manner when dealing with clients and witnesses. She has experience dealing with vulnerable clients and witnesses and has completed the Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Training course, which focuses on training for Ground Rules Hearings, child witnesses and cases that fall within the Section 28 pilot scheme (video-recorded cross-examination).

Notable Cases

  • R v Hutchinson– Teesside Crown Court- 4 day trial involving Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm on a Prison officer by a prisoner serving a sentence of Imprisonment for Public Protection.
  • R v Smith– Leeds Crown Court- 2 day Attempt Burglary trial involving various written and oral legal arguments on admissibility of evidence and PACE breaches.
  • R v Norman– York Crown Court- multi-handed affray- Holly requested enhanced CCTV footage of the offence, which was ultimately consistent with the Defendant’s basis of plea. This avoided the need for a Newton Hearing on whether or not the Defendant was the main aggressor and resulted in the Defendant receiving a community order with an unpaid work requirement.
  • R v HUSSAIN– Leeds Crown Court- successfully overturned an appeal against conviction on a domestic violence matter in which the defendant was originally sentenced to custody.
  • R v West– Leeds Magistrates’ Court- successfully defended a vulnerable adult accused of assaulting a woman and her daughter.

Contact Holly’s clerks

Andrew Thornton on 0113 213 5202

Gina Hawkins on 0113 213 5205

Rebecca Wilson on 0113 213 5203

Hannah Dempsey on 0113 213 5211

Elaine Foster-Morgan on 0113 213 5217

Robyn Nichol on 0113 213 5253


Holly Clegg is a C-List Specialist Regulatory Advocate.

Holly has a growing practice in all Regulatory and Public Law matters and has wide-ranging experience in this area.

Holly undertakes work in the Coroner’s Court acting for a range of interested persons.

She is currently instructed to represent the interests of the police in an Inquest into the death of a patient at a hospital who was placed in custody after assaulting members of hospital staff, upon release he was found dead at his home following an overdose. She recently represented a local authority at an Inquest touching into the death of a care home resident who sadly passed away in her armchair following her luncheon. The cause of death having been Oesophageal impaction of food material.

Holly was recently instructed to appear at an Inquest involving the death of a farm worker who was subjected to a lethal electrical current when the arm of his tractor was raised and connected with overhead power cables.

Holly is keen to develop her experience in this area and often works closely with senior members of the Inquest team. She assists with drafting witness statements in her capacity as a junior junior to the Government Legal Department.

Holly  has acted in numerous cases involving prosecutions brought by private agencies including local councils, the Environment Agency, HSE, RSPCA, DVLA, HMRC and FSA. She has experience of dealing with complicated regulations, factual issues and cross-examining expert witnesses. She has been accepted on the panel for the Government Legal Department as a Junior Junior and receives regular instructions from them in relation to cases involving Inquests  Prison Law and Employment issues.

Prior to pupillage Holly worked as a Paralegal at Stewarts Law, a firm specialising in high value cases involving catastrophic injuries and fatal accidents. During her time as a paralegal Holly assisted with the preparation of numerous cases involving the HSE and the Care Quality Commission.

Holly has prosecuted on behalf of the Home Office, the Police and the HMRC in both the Magistrates’ Court and the Crown Court. She has successfully prosecuted a number of appeals to the Crown Court on behalf of the DVLA, involving complex legal submissions on how excise penalties and back duty are calculated under the Vehicle Excise & Registration Act 1994.

Holly has undertaken secondments with South Yorkshire Police and the Clinical Commissioning Group in York. She has delivered training to West Yorkshire Fire Brigade. Holly has also represented numerous clients at Mental Health Tribunals and is experienced when dealing with vulnerable clients.

Notable Cases

  • FSA v Hussein– The Bowood Farms Slaughterhouse cruelty case- Holly Defended one of the slaughtermen on an offence of animal cruelty.
  • R (Calderdale Council) v Ramsden– represented a Defendant facing charges brought under the Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (England) Regulations 2010 and The Pigs (Records, Identification and Movement) Order 2011.
  • HSE v Brooke Ren Ltd– Represented a construction company on an HSE prosecution on the collapse of a building
  • The Environment Agency v Cooling & others– Disclosure junior on a large scale operation
  • York City Council– Prosecuted a landlord for breaching licencing requirements under the Housing Act 2004
  • RSPCA v Husband– representing the Defendant on a 2 day trial on animal cruelty and neglect in Teesside Magistrates’ Court

Contact Holly’s clerk

Madeleine Gray on 0113 202 8603

Patrick Urbina on 0113 213 5250